Hollywood has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. The virus has shuttered movie theaters making it impossible for movie-goers to experience the joys of some of the most highly-anticipated films debuting this year.
While many movie studios are simply rescheduling film releases for later dates (many in 2021), some have opted to release titles on-demand so that they are still seen by as many people as possible.
If there were to be a bright side to what’s going on in the world right now, being able to watch these movies from your couch in advance is definitely one of them.
Here’s what is available for your viewing pleasure:
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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: the final installment of the franchise hit platforms days prior to its release date. Watch now on Prime
The Hunt: Looking for a horror-thriller about rich people hunting down poor people for sport? It went straight to streaming. Watch now on Prime
The Invisible Man: You’ve seen the bizarre commercials, and now you can watch Elizabeth Moss get hunted by an invisible ex. It hit streaming on March 20. Watch now on Prime
Onward: Disney is here to offer you a heartwarming adventure as two elf brothers attempt to spend time with their late father. The film began streaming March 20. Watch now on Prime
Birds of Prey: The Harley Quinn spin-off had a weak opening in theaters, and Warner released it to streaming on March 24. Watch now on Prime
Bloodshot: Vin Diesel’s film is still in theaters, but it’s also available for at-home viewing since March 24. Watch now on Prime
The Way Back: Ben Affleck’s sports drama about an alcoholic former high school basketball star turned coach hit theaters and then on-demand on March 24. Watch now on Prime
I Still Believe:Riverdale might be on hiatus, but you can still get a daily dose of KJ Apa with his new film, which hit theaters earlier this month and became available on-demand on March 27. Watch now on Prime
Bad Boys for Life: Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are back in their beloved roles. The film hit streaming on March 31. Watch now on Prime
Sonic the Hedgehog: The highly-anticipated cartoon film inspired by the popular video game hit on-demand shortly after hitting theaters. Watch now on Prime
Impractical Jokers: The Movie: Looking for some laughs? The film hit digital streaming on April Fool’s Day. How fitting!
Trolls: World Tour: The sequel to the 2016 hit Trolls is coming to VOD on Friday, April 10, which is the same day it was meant to hit theaters.
The Lovebirds: The film is bypassing its theater debut and going straight to Netflix. No word yet on when the film will be available for streaming, though, it’s possible it’ll keep its date of April 3.
Streaming services have been a saving grace when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic.
As all TV show and film productions shut down in mid-March and are slowly beginning to ramp up, the usual slate of programming that we look forward to in the fall might not be available to us.
Yes, many networks are feeling confident that coronavirus will dwindle enough for them to film some episodes, but the reality is, it might be a long time before our favorite sitcoms and dramas return to “normal”… whatever that is these days.
So, as we chill out at home, the need for new TV shows to watch is growing. And if you live alone or are simply socially distanced from your friends, you might be looking for a cast of independent, funny, like-minded women to befriend from the comfort of your couch.
If that’s the case, Darren Star’s new series, Emily in Paris is going to be your new fall obsession.
If the name Darren Star sounds familiar to you, that’s because he’s the genius behind some cult hits like Beverly Hills, 90210 and Sex and the City.
The new Netflix series, which was originally supposed to air on Paramount, aims to fill the void left behind by Younger, another Star show that has unfortunately delayed production and its highly-anticipated season due to the pandemic.
You don’t need a synopsis to gauge what Emily in Paris is going to be about — the title says it all. Emily, a 20-something marketing professional from Chicago snags a dream job in France and begins her European adventure.
Emily, an ambitious twenty-something marketing executive from Chicago, unexpectedly lands her dream job in Paris when her company acquires a French luxury marketing company — and she is tasked with revamping their social media strategy. Emily’s new life in Paris is filled with intoxicating adventures and surprising challenges as she juggles winning over her work colleagues, making friends, and navigating new romances.
The show will not only fill the void of many other bold babe shows that are currently on hiatus but since the entire series was filmed on location in Paris, it’ll also fill that travel void while likely providing travel inspiration for when the world opens back up again.
If you’ve ever tuned in to any of Star’s shows, you know that in addition to powerful female leads that are career-oriented and rely on their friends to navigate life, the characters are also trendy and stylish boasting some of the best designer pieces and giving you plenty of fashion inspo in case you’re looking for a closet revamp or maybe to invest in some staple pieces.
Lily Collins, who will step into Emily’s pumps, is already embracing the fashion-aspect by channeling her inner Carrie Bradshaw on Twitter.
Collins not only stars as the titular character, but she’ll also serve as a producer on the series. She posted a still from the series on Instagram saying that the series comes at the perfect time as she’s missing “friends, working, traveling, and especially Paris.”
To pile onto the steaming pile of trash that is 2020, Hilary Duff just revealed some somber news about Younger.
According to Duff, who plays Kelsey Peters on the hit TVLand series, the upcoming seventh season will be the show’s last.
Seventh and final season, can you believe it?
On the bright side, the world of Younger will continue, in part, with a spinoff focusing on Duff’s character.
If it wasn’t’ for the COVID pandemic, we likely would’ve already been able to binge-watch season 7. However, the novel virus put all productions on hold indefinitely, and since the series films in New York, which has had a lot of cases, it doesn’t seem like production will pick up anytime soon.
Duff assured fans that the wait will be well worth it because she’s read the scripts thanks to series creator Darren Star and called them “amazing.”
“He writes amazing (scripts) for women and we feel so empowered to be on the show and to be playing the women that we are playing,” the actress told Australia’s 7News. “They’re all very different, but with very strong and flawed qualities – so I’m sure this last season will not disappoint.”
She also remained positive stating that filming may resume slowly “in the next month of two.”
The series debuted in March 2015 and hit all the right notes focusing on Liza Miller (Sutton Foster), a divorced mom in her 40s who struggles to get back into the publishing world until she thinks up an elaborate lie that she’s twentysomething. The lie takes her on a whirlwind adventure where she befriends Peters, begins dating a younger man named Josh, has a fling with her older boss, and excels in running an imprimt for millennials… as a middle-aged woman. But you have to give it to Liza, she understands millennials more than they understand themselves.
As her lie begins catching up with her, she’s forced to figure out how to move forward.
As you wait for the upcoming final season, read all of our Younger reviews right here!
Madison Taylor Baez is only 9-year-old but has more experience acting and singing than many in Hollywood.
Madison has starred in many national commercials, has vast experience singing the national anthem for major league sports teams and scored the much sought after role of young Selena Quintanilla in the upcoming Netflix series Selena: The Series, which is scheduled to be released in late 2020. According to Google, the slated release date is October 2020.
According to the press release, the coming of age story will follow the late Tejano singer journey as her dreams come true, and the many life-changing choices on the singer’s journey to success. Ricardo Chavira (Desperate Housewives), Gabriel Chavarria (The Purge), Noemi Gonzalez (The Young and the Restless), and Seidy Lopez (Training Day) will be starring as the rest of the Quintanilla family.
CraveYouTV spoke to Madison about her experience so far, how she got her start, and the upcoming series.
Read the interview below:
Congratulations on your new role!
Are you still filming for the Selena series?
Actually, we have finished filming.
When did you finish filming?
Maybe last Thanksgiving?
Is this your first acting job?
No, I’ve actually done 11 national commercials, and I’ve done one short film Tooth Racket (2019) and I co-starred as young Selena in Selena the series.
You started singing very young. When will you be 10 years old?
You started singing for your dad right when he was diagnosed with cancer? How old were you then?
I was around three years old.
I read that you liked to sing Motown songs to your dad?
Yes, I started singing when I was two years old and when I was three, when my dad was sick, I would get his iPad and listen and memorize all of his Motown music, sixties and seventies music, to sing to him.
What was your favorite song to sing to your dad?
Oh, I would have to say Sam Cooke’s ‘I Was Born By The River” (singing the title)
Credit: Anderson PR/ Madison Taylor Baez
Wow! You are amazing! Now, for the Selena Series, have you always been a fan of Selena? Was her music something new for you?
Yes, well I actually didn’t know who she was when I got the role, but my mom and dad were huge fans of Selena’s and they told me all about her and I fell in love with her! I watched the movie! I fell in love with all of her songs, and I also researched her. I watched all of her videos and even Young Selena’s videos, studied all of her movements and even have the little spin down.
The spin is big, yeah (laughing). Do you know how many girls auditioned to play young Selena?
Well, I would think there would have had to be thousands of girls who auditioned.
How many auditions did you have?
I had two auditions, it took about three months. First I went in for the actual audition, I had to do two songs, one in English and one in Spanish, and then I also had to do two scenes. I went back for the call-back and I did the same thing, and then I found out that I got the role. (laughing)
That’s wonderful! Now I know singing is your first love, right?
Yes, yes I love singing!
I’ve seen some of your videos, I went onto YouTube and they are great. You are absolutely adorable! Now have you considered or are you considering doing an album?
Um well, I’m maybe thinking about putting out an album, maybe a Christmas album, hopefully!
Do you know if they are doing a soundtrack for the Selena Series?
Yeah, maybe, yeah that would be cool!
I can’t wait to see the series and you in it!
I look forward to speaking to you again, maybe after the series airs?
I would love that!
Thank you so much and good luck! I can’t wait to see what you do next!